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Franklin Health Department shuts down live music at several bars due to COVID-19

Posted at 3:38 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 17:58:17-04

Franklin Health officials plan to order several bars to stop live music after an increase in COVID-19 cases seen over the weekend.

Health officer Courtney Day said that a common theme in the new cases were bars, especially those providing live music and entertainment.

"Bars are a common theme in the movement of many of our cases while they were infectious and in particular bars that have had live music seem to be the biggest draw," Day said.

The cluster of COVID-19 cases prompted her to issue an order for the entertainment to stop immediately.

"Today I will be issuing orders to the Umbrella Bar, Croatian Beer Garden, and Polonia Beer Garden to cease all live music and entertainment until further notice," Day said.

Day said this was done out of an abundance of caution. Mike Zimmerman with the Umbrella Bar said he has been working closely with the health department to ensure public safety.

"There's a spike in cases over the weekend and we have to do our part to reduce that and if that means not having concerts, we support that," said Zimmerman.

Officials hope by ending live music at venues, it will help curb large crowd sizes.

For more information on COVID-19 precautions being implemented by the Franklin Health Department, click here.

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